MotoGP Indianapolis Qualifying: Marquez again on pole

Despite running off turn one on his first flying lap, Marc Marquez recovers to take his 8th pole position; Andrea Dovisioso second, Jorge Lorenzo third

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2014/08/09 - mgp - Round10 - Indianapolis - MotoGP - Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda - RC213V - ActionAndrew Northcott

As has been shown in previous races this year, it appears that Marc Marquez can't even beat himself. Despite running off the track after going in too hot in turn one on his first flying lap (most riders were only able to get two laps maximum on the soft option tires before they lost grip), Marquez recovered to swiftly knock Jorge Lorenzo off the top spot in the Q2 qualifying session with barely half of the 15-minute session gone. Returning to the pits for a fresh rear tire, Marquez then proceeded to put the pole position out of reach with 1:31.619 lap that was over two-tenths quicker than second-placed rider Andrea Dovisioso, who once again showed that the Ducati can be competitive once it gets its handling woes fixed. Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo managed to hold on for the final spot on the front row with an effort that was just 0.025 seconds behind Dovisioso.

"Of course I'm happy for the pole because after the holidays it's important to start like that," said Marquez. "The most important part is that we have a really good pace for tomorrow for race distance. I'm happy and I'm confident, but you never know because the (weather) forecast looked a little bit unstable. In the qualifying practice it was a little bit raining, nothing bad but you could see it on the visor. It will be important to choose the correct tire; we will check the temperature and make our choice then."

Dovisioso was elated to be able to start on the front row, and he's not feeling as pessimistic at his chances in the race as the Ducati's race pace is getting closer. "The start is always important here because it's very tight the first corners so it will be really good for us. The first row for us is unbelievable. We did a really good job because every practice we were really on top, near the front. It will be very difficult tomorrow the race because the race is 27 laps and the rear tire drop a lot of grip. But our speed is a little bit better than the other tracks, so I'm really happy."

Lorenzo was hoping to get a shot at pole after seeing that Marquez wasn't that far in front, but he settled for a front row starting position. "This time we got an opportunity to make the pole position because Marc was not so far (in front of us) with the soft tire. Finally just two tenths we needed, and I try my best to make the perfect lap. I found in the second try so many riders were waiting to follow that normally don’t do this, so I was a little bit more nervous. But finally I could improve these two tenths that gave me the first row, so it’s a good position for tomorrow. The bike is working quite well and I’m quite confident for the race."

MotoGP Indianapolis Saturday FP3 practice results:

Pos. Rider Country Team Machine Time
1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:31.619
2 Andrea Dovisioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.844
3 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.869
4 Aleix Espargaro SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:32.113
5 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.160
6 Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:32.243
7 Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.254
8 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.331
9 Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:32.343
10 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1:32.514
11 Scott Redding GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 1:32.714
12 Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.794
13 Yonny Hernandez COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.116
14 Alvaro Bautista SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 1:33.294
15 Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:33.325
16 Leon Camier GBR Drive M7 Aspar Honda 1:33.747
17 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Ioda Racing Ioda/Aprilia 1:33.837
18 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 1:33.948
19 Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing FTR/Kawasaki 1:34.244
20 Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing FTR/Kawasaki 1:34.332
21 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 1:34.369
22 Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport ART/Aprilia 1:34.764
23 Michael Laverty IRL Paul Bird Motorsport ART/Aprilia 1:34.814